The royal has helped organise another plane full of emergency supplies for the African nation – the second this month.
It was just two weeks ago that HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein revealed her husband had donated a plane to help fly Dhs1.68 million of aid to South Sudan.
And now, the royal has announced a second shipment has been sent to refugees from the war-stricken African nation, with help from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai provided transport for 90 tonnes of relief cargo, which will be distributed to refugees currently living in camps in neighbouring Uganda.
The Dhs1.6 million of supplies included materials such as shelter, water and sanitation items, school materials, logistics assets and medical supplies.
Princess Haya, who is the chairperson of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, said we “need to think longer-term and fast”.
الشحنة الجوية التي قدمها صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، وهي الثانية هذا الشهر، لنقل المساعدات للاجئين من جنوب السودان، توجهت من المدينة العالمية للخدمات الإنسانية إلى أوغندا حاملة مؤن إغاثة من أعضاء المدينة. (منظمة الصحة العالمية، المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين، يونيسف، مستودع الأمم المتحدة للاستجابة الإنسانية، الاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات الصليب الأحمر والهلال الأحمر، ومنظمة الصحة العالمية) الحاجة لتلك المساعدات عاجلة، ولكن حجم الأزمة يعني تناقص المخزون من المؤن فور وصول المساعدات إلى مستحقيها، ما يستوجب التفكير بسرعة في حلول بعيدة المدى Headed for Uganda’s South Sudanese refugees from the International Humanitarian City, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum donates a second airlift this month to carry essential relief items from our members @WHO, @UNICEF, @unrefugees @international_federation and UNHRD These relief items are needed immediately but the scale of the crisis means relief stocks will begin to dwindle almost as soon as they have arrived. We need to think longer-term and fast. @IHC_UAE
“These relief items are needed immediately but the scale of the crisis means relief stocks will begin to dwindle almost as soon as they have arrived,” the royal posted on Instagram.
The supplies, donated by a number of charities and organisations, are destined to provide support for the 830,000 South Sudanese people who have fled violence by fleeing across the border.
Tragically, over 62 per cent of the refugees arriving into Uganda are children.
The United Nations has previously warned that Uganda is at “breaking point”, with at least 2,000 refugees pouring into the country each day, escaping war and famine.
This isn’t the first relief the Emirates has sent to refugees in Uganda either – the UAE government sent more than 100 tonnes of emergency aid to camps in 2016.
Princess Haya previously visited South Sudan in 2014, and penned a moving essay about her experience just last month.
“I have seen a lot of suffering in my role as a UN Messenger of Peace with a focus on hunger and extreme poverty, but Gambella was a new experience,” HRH wrote on LinkedIn.
“Despite the best efforts of dedicated UN workers, NGOs and the Government of Ethiopia, the camp was overwhelmed by the unending stream of desperate, hungry people. It was a muddy hellhole.
“I will never forget one mother I met – a proud woman, who had walked with her children for days to reach the relative safety of Gambella. She had no idea where her husband was, or even whether he was still alive. He had been swept up in the conflict that remains the root cause of her country’s descent into chaos.
“The 100,000 South Sudanese who struggle to survive beyond the brink, in the famine zone, are the most unlucky of all. The sad reality is, it may too late to save many of them. But it is not to late to pull others back from the brink.”
This isn’t the first time the philanthropic royals have devoted resources to a worthy cause.
Princess Haya personally supervised the delivery of Dhs1.29 million worth of aid to Haiti, after the country was devastated by a deadly tropical cyclone in October.
Transported on a plane personally owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed, Princess Haya manned the distribution of supplies including water purification units, mosquito nets, medical supplies, tents and other support equipment.
Images: HRH Princess Haya/Instagram, Dubai Media Office